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MADLab students posing atop one of the Pershing Avenue hills they constructed

The Art Effect’s Media, Arts, and Design Lab (MADLab) workforce development program annually employs 40 at-risk local youth and helps them develop workforce and technical skills through visual arts projects.

Through four after-school sessions and one full-time summer session, youth earn a wage or stipend as they explore arts careers, produce collaborative projects, and learn workplace skills such as time management, team work, leadership, and communication. Each year, the program has a creative placemaking component where youth design and produce public art installations in downtown Poughkeepsie.

Stay tuned for details on where and how you can see the amazing art created by MADLab this summer.

2022 Spring MADLab Workforce Application
February 7 – April 6
Monday – Wednesday, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm each day 
45 Pershing Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Download Flyer Here

Applications due by February 4.

To Apply, visit:

Programming at The Art Effect is partially funded by monies received from the United Way of Dutchess County, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Dutchess County.